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Lee Panich

Lee Panich
Lee Panich

Associate Professor


Dr. Panich employs a combination of archaeological, ethnographic, and archival data to examine the long-term entanglements between California’s indigenous societies and colonial institutions, particularly the Spanish mission system. He has conducted investigations of Native American life at Mission Santa Clara de Asís, on the SCU campus, as well as at Mission Santa Catalina in Baja California, Mexico. He is currently the co-director of a collaborative research project focused on autonomous indigenous villages that existed at the crossroads of the Spanish, Russian, Mexican, and American frontiers in Marin County, California. Since 2009, Dr. Panich has also worked with researchers from the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia to understand the geological and archaeological distribution of obsidian in Baja California.

  • Anthropology 2: Introduction to Archaeology
  • Anthropology 4: Vanished Peoples and Lost Civilizations
  • Anthropology 114: Senior Seminar
  • Anthropology 146: Anthropological Perspectives on Colonial California
  • Anthropology 148: Historical Archaeology
  • Anthropology 149: Virtual Santa Clara - History and Culture
  • Anthropology 195: Field Course in Anthropological Methods
  • Anthropology 196: Archaeological Methods and Theory

Selected Publications:

Panich, Lee M., and Tsim D. Schneider (2015). Expanding Mission Archaeology: A Landscape Approach to Indigenous Autonomy in Colonial California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40:48-58.

Panich, Lee M., Érika Moranchel Mondragón, and Antonio Porcayo Michelini (2015). Exploring Patterns of Obsidian Conveyance in Baja California, Mexico. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 35(2):257-274.

Panich, Lee M. (2014). Native American Consumption of Shell and Glass Beads at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. American Antiquity 79(4):730-748.

Panich, Lee M., and Tsim D. Schneider, editors (2014). Indigenous Landscapes and Spanish Missions: New Perspectives from Archaeology and Ethnohistory. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Panich, Lee M. (2013). Archaeologies of Persistence: Reconsidering the Legacies of Colonialism in Native North America. American Antiquity 78(1):105-122.